Wheelhouse Weekly – December 22nd, 2020

December 23rd 2020

Volume 25… Number 51… Dec. 22, 2020


In This Issue:




Job Opportunities:

Calling All Union Fishermen!

Holiday Closing Schedule:

News From the MM&P Plans Office:

MM&P Eligible Voters & All Ports:


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Union Sisters & Brothers:

As this extraordinarily difficult year comes to an end, we wish you, your families and friends a safe and happy holiday season.

MM&P members and staff–like so many other people throughout the world–have been touched in 2020 by sadness, loss and grief.

At least four MM&P Brothers have been lost to Covid-19 related illness. Three more have died in tragic shipboard accidents.

Many of our members, in particular those working on the inland waters, have lost their jobs.

Outside of wartime, going to sea this year has been the most difficult of any period in memory.

Through it all, our members have done their duty aboard every type of vessel on the oceans of the world and on the inland waters, while here at home, our employees—in the hiring halls, the Plan Office, at headquarters, at MITAGS East and West and in the field—have worked under previously unimaginable pressures to support them.

Thank you for holding fast through these difficult times. May you all enjoy the holidays, in safety, fraternity and hope,

— The MM&P General Executive Board

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The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted last weekend on the allocation of the initial supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to “Frontline Essential Workers,” a group which includes mariners.

Mariners have been classified as “Transportation and Logistics” workers, who are scheduled to receive the vaccine during Phase 1b.

The fact that each state will control distribution of its own share of the vaccines is expected to add a layer of complexity to the rollout, in particular for mariners and others who travel in the course of their jobs. MM&P will be working to expedite this process.

The timeline for the first part of Phase 1b is three to five weeks after the first vaccines are shipped. (The country is now one week into the process.)

The next allocation of vaccines is scheduled to go to the approximately 30 million people in the following categories:

· First responders (firefighters, police)
· Education (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
· Food & agriculture
· Manufacturing
· Corrections workers
· US Postal Service workers
· Public transit workers
· Grocery store workers

The members of the advisory committee recommended that vaccinations subsequently be provided to the approximately 57 million people in Phase 1b, referred to as “Other Essential Workers”:

· Transportation and logistics
· Food service
· Shelter & housing (construction)
· Finance
· IT & communication
· Energy
· Media
· Legal
· Public safety (engineers)
· Water & wastewater

The following CDC links provide background information: ACIP_Slides and ACIP Slides_2

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The final Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations package that was linked to the Covid-19 relief legislation provides full funding for the Maritime Security Program at the authorized level of $314,007,780.

Having the full MSP amount available ensures that all 60 ships in the MSP fleet will be able to receive their full stipend for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The bill also includes some funding to assist small passenger vessel operations that have been hit hard by the end of tourism.

We will provide more details as soon as they are available.

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The economic relief package approved by Congress yesterday is an important first step in providing critically needed help to Americans struggling to get their lives back on track in the midst of the pandemic.

But leaders of America’s unions say much more needs to be done.

“We are pleased a relief deal is finally on its way to the president’s desk,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“It will put money in people’s pockets, keep transportation workers on the job and bolster housing, health care and food assistance.”

“It’s an important step as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to wage a long overdue national fight against this virus. But this package should’ve been so much more.”

“It’s been more than seven months since Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act to provide historic relief in the face of a historic crisis.”

“At that point, 86,000 of our fellow Americans had lost their lives to Covid-19. As of today, more than 317,000 are dead. Millions of Americans are sick with this virus, have depleted life savings to stay afloat or are suffering economic hardship through no fault of our own.”

He said the fact that the relief package does not include state and local aid “is an insult to the public service workers who make America go,” adding, “it will only lead to more layoffs as well as slower emergency response times, higher patient ratios, dirtier streets and overcrowded prisons.”

His remarks were seconded by Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

“We applaud those Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together in a bipartisan manner to support working families when they needed it most,” Regan said.

“While these are absolutely essential steps for Congress to take, we must also be clear that the funding provided to support frontline transportation workers, who continue to lay their lives on the line for this country, is a Band-Aid that will only stem the bleeding for a few months.”

“Furthermore, we are severely disappointed that this bill does not provide funding for the state and local governments and their dedicated employees that deliver vital services for Americans throughout the country.”

“Every day throughout this pandemic, workers across the transportation sector have risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones in service to this country, supporting the movement of essential workers, medical equipment, food, and other critical goods in the supply chain that supports the economy and our security.”

“And these dedicated transportation workers have stepped up every day without leadership by the executive branch, enforceable safety standards, or any meaningful economic assistance since the CARES Act in March.”

“Over the coming months, Americans will look to our skilled and dedicated frontline transportation workforce for handling and delivery of life-saving vaccines to every corner of our country and to provide the transportation services they will need during the recovery from this health and economic crisis.”

“We are relieved that Congress has finally passed critical economic assistance.”

“But as Covid-19 cases skyrocket, and with the vaccine just starting to be delivered, we know that another round of economic relief will be necessary early next year.”

“We look forward to working with Congress and the new administration to secure the kind of economic relief that will allow working people, the broader economy, our transportation system, and state and local governments to recover from the ravages of this global pandemic.”

MM&P is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

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A committee of 20 eminent jurists convened by the UN’s International Labor Organization has joined calls for governments to urgently address the seafarers’ welfare issues created by pandemic-related restrictions.

In a six-page opinion issued last week, the committee called on UN member states to take immediate action.

Of particular concern, they said: the fact that some member states are not following the provisions of the Maritime Labor Convention, especially as they relate to guaranteeing medical care and repatriation.

The panel called for immediate action by the states that are not in compliance, as well as inspections by all states to ensure that the issues identified are being addressed.

The committee said it had acted on submissions from the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Chamber of Shipping, as well as hundreds of complaints from individual mariners.

The UN General Assembly, the ILO Governing Body and the International Maritime Organization have all passed resolutions in recent weeks urging member states to designate seafarers as key workers and facilitate their safe and unhindered movement.

The ILO panel stressed that force majeure may no longer be invoked in defense of measures limiting crew change because there are options available to allow countries to comply with the provisions of the MLC.

“This ruling makes clear that all governments have to follow international law and urgently recognize seafarers as key workers with practical effect,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton and ICS Secretary General Guy Platten in a joint statement.

“This ruling clearly sets out that it is both legally and morally wrong for countries to continue to expect seafarers to work indefinitely, supplying the world with food, medicine and vital supplies, while depriving them of their fundamental rights as seafarers, as workers, and as humans. “

“This landmark ruling is a clear vindication of what seafarers’ unions and shipowners have been saying for the past nine months.”

Among the points made by the panel: the need for member states to ensure seafarers have consented to contract extensions and are allowed shore leave for their health and well-being.

The committee concluded by saying it will continue to closely monitor compliance by member states with the Maritime Labor Convention during this period of crisis.

National travel restrictions introduced because of the Covid-19 pandemic have affected hundreds of thousands of mariners who have been unable to get home, be replaced or join their ships.

The ICS and the ITF have campaigned for a year to label seafarers as key workers and to ensure that their rights are not breached because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MM&P is a member of the ITF.

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Philly Shipyard last week began work on the first of five multi-mission vessels slated to replace the aging training ships used by maritime academies around the country.

As part of the initial stages of construction, the yard began cutting steel for the first of the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels.

In addition to providing training for America’s future mariners, the NSMVs will be available to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

Funding has been secured for the first three vessels and Philly Shipyard has received the orders for the first two ships.

The first vessel in the series will replace the almost 60-year-old SUNY training ship EMPIRE STATE VI.

The second will replace the 53-year-old TS KENNEDY at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

In a statement, Philly Shipyard said the first vessel will be ready for delivery by early 2023.

The NSMVs will have numerous instructional spaces and a full training bridge.

There will be space for up to 600 cadets to train at sea in a first-rate maritime academic environment.

Each ship will have hospital facilities, a helicopter pad, and the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 people in times of humanitarian need.

The vessels will also have roll-on/roll-off and container storage capacity for use in disaster relief missions.

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Matson has taken delivery of MATSONIA, the second of two new Kanaloa Class combination container/roll-on, roll-off ships, thus completing its four-ship Hawaiian fleet renewal program.

MATSONIA is the second of two new con-ro vessels built for Matson by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego.

The first, LURLINE, has been in service since January.

MATSONIA and LURLINE are 870 feet long, with a beam of 114 feet and a draft of 38 feet. They have an enclosed garage with room for about 500 vehicles, plus space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo.

MATSONIA and LURLINE are the largest vessels of their kind ever built in the United States.

They join Matson’s two new container ships, the DANIEL K. INOUYE and the KAIMANA HILA, also the largest ships of their kind in the Jones Act fleet.

“Putting four new ships into service in a three-year span is a significant accomplishment that culminates eight years of planning, project management and coordination for teams across many departments at Matson,” said Matson Chairman and CEO Matt Cox.

“Together with the modernization and expansion of our Honolulu terminal, these investments position Matson to provide efficient, reliable service to Hawaii for decades to come.”

All four of the new ships were built with double-hull fuel tanks, LNG-capable engines and freshwater ballast systems. They are also Matson’s fastest vessels, with the ability to operate at or above 23 knots.

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Maersk confirmed Sunday that the MAERSK CADIZ, a geared containership, had been boarded by pirates off the coast of West Africa on Saturday afternoon.

The company said in a statement that MAERSK CADIZ was underway from Ghana to Cameroon when it was attacked and boarded.

The Nigerian Navy dispatched patrol vessels to assist, and the pirates departed the ship without kidnapping or harming any of the 21 crewmembers on board.

“We are very concerned about the increased security risk from armed attacks on merchant vessels in the area,” Maersk Chief Technical Officer Palle Laursen said in a statement.

“The risk has reached a level where local governments and the international community must take action to deal effectively with an unacceptable situation.”

The attack on MAERSK CADIZ is the most recent in a surge of incidents over the course of the past five weeks in which pirates have boarded or tried to board merchant vessels in the Gulf of Guinea.

The International Maritime Bureau advises vessels transiting the area remain at least 200 nm-250 nm offshore.
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Two people are dead and two are missing after the XIN HONG, a cargo ship transporting 7,800 tons of clay from Malaysia to Hong Kong, sank in rough seas off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, on Dec. 17.

Reuters reported that the weather was bad, with heavy rain, winds between 30 and 40 knots, and waves 4 to 5 meters high when the cargo shifted, causing the vessel to list approximately eight degrees to starboard.

The master contacted the Vietnamese coast guard requesting permission to enter the port at Phu Quy and proceeded to approximately 1.5 nautical miles, but the list increased to the point that the ship was no longer maneuverable.

Soon after, shore-side responders received a distress call reporting that the vessel was sinking.

Coast Guard vessels were dispatched to the scene to begin a search and rescue mission.

Eleven members of the crew were rescued, two bodies were recovered and two people are missing. Rescuers found an inflatable life raft on the scene with no one inside.

A quarantine area was established in the military medical center to treat those who were rescued while they await results of Covid-19 tests.

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If you are seeking a security clearance to sail on Patriot Contract Services ships, or if you have questions about being put on the Priority 2 list to take Patriot MSC courses at MITAGS, instead of contacting Patriot directly, you should contact the MM&P Tampa Hall.

The Tampa Hall dispatchers will explain what to do and what paperwork is needed to start the security clearance process.

They will also send you the paperwork necessary to get on the Priority 2 list to take the Patriot MSC courses at MITAGS.

You can contact the Tampa Hall at:; 813-247-2164 (phone) and 813-248-1592 (fax).

The address of the Tampa Hall is: 4333 South 50th Street; Tampa, FL 33619.

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Columbia University is seeking a mariner operations manager for the RV MARCUS LANGSETH. Duties and responsibilities include:

Overseeing management of ship operations group.

Maintaining budgets for ship operations and ensuring compliance with award terms and conditions.

– Acting as Designated Person for American Bureau of Shipping–International Safety Management activities.

Participating in related contract negotiations with MM&P/MEBA.

Here is the link to the job posting and application:

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The US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point is seeking an assistant/associate professor of nautical science.

To meet the requirements for this position, the applicant must have sailed on liquid cargo vessels (tanker) in the position of Chief Mate or Master and have served as Person in Charge (PIC) of liquid cargo transfer as Chief Mate or Master with an active Tankerman (PIC-DL) endorsement.

The position entails responsibility for the development and conduct of educational courses and programs within the Marine Transportation Department, in particular teaching classes in nautical science.

The position closes on Jan. 7, 2021. The salary range is $72,062 – $130,010/year.

To find out more about this position, and to apply, go to:

Note: Please be sure to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety.

All required supplemental documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants who do not provide all required documents will not be considered.

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You deserve to be fishing. That’s why the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and Carhartt’s are sponsoring a contest that offers a chance to win a $15,000+ fishing trip for you and a friend.

The deadline to enter the contest is Dec. 31.

The grand prize is a fishing trip for two with Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show!

Click Here To Enter!

Entering the contest is free and easy. Fill out the required fields, click submit, and wait until the beginning of January 2021, to see if you’ve won!

Winners will be contacted via email, so be sure to double-check your spelling before submitting.

You do not need to be a union member to participate. If you are a non-union participant, select “Friend of Labor” as your union and type “N/A” as your local number.

Good luck!

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MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holidays, and on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 4, for Jack Hall Day.

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2020 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2020 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, January 4, 2021 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2021.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/9/21, 4/27/21, 6/22/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/9/21, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 6/7/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 2/8/21*, 6/14/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25/21, 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 1/13/21, 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/8/21, 5/3/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/12/21, 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/26/21, 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/16/21, 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/11/21, 3/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/15/21, 3/5/21, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/16/21, 3/6/21, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 1/18/21*, 3/15/21*, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 1/26/21, 4/13/21, 4/30/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 1/25/21*, 4/12/21*, 6/14/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

January 2021

11-22 GMDSS
12-13 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
14-15 & 18 Basic Training Refresher
18-22 Basic Training
25-28 Advanced Firefighting
25-29 Medical Care Provider
26-29 Advanced Shiphandling I
25-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2021

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II
1-5 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-12 Medical Care Provider
15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
15-5 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 Basic Shiphandling

March 2021

1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
2-5 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-19 GMDSS
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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